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- DescriptionContexts and Sources provides readers with a rich selection of documents related to the historical background, language, composition, sale, reception, and newly discovered first half of the manuscript of Mark Twain's greatest work. Included are letters on the writing of the vel, excerpts from the author's autobiography, samples of bad poetry that inspired his satire (including an effort by young Sam Clemens himself), a section on the censorship of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by schools and libraries over a hundred-year period, and commentary by David Carkeet on dialects of the book and by Earl F. Briden on its racist illustrations. In addition, this section reprints the full texts of both Sociable Jimmy, upon which is based the controversial theory that Huck speaks in a black voice, and A True Story, Repeated Word for Word As I Heard It, the first significant attempt by Mark Twain to capture the speech of an African American in print. Criticism of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is divided into Early Responses (including the first negative review) and Modern Views by Victor A. Doy, T. S. Eliot, Jane Smiley, David L. Smith, Shelley Fisher Fishkin (the black voice thesis), James R. Kincaid (a rebuttal of Fishkin), and David R. Sewell. Also included is Toni Morrison's moving personal Introduction to the troubling experience of reading and re-reading Mark Twain's masterpiece. A Chrology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
- Author BiographySamuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others. Thomas Cooley (PhD, Indiana University) is professor of English at The Ohio State University. In addition to Back to the Lake, he is the editor of The Norton Sampler, The Norton Critical Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the author of several other books, among them Educated Lives: The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America and The Ivory Leg in the Ebony Cabinet: Madness, Race, and Gender in Victorian America.
- Author(s)Mark Twain
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication08/02/1999
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleNorton Critical Editions
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight580 g
- Width142 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Volume editorThomas Cooley
- Edition Statement3rd Revised edition
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